Tuesday, 22 January 2013 02:50

Summer Programs

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Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center provides a variety of camping opportunities for North Carolina youth, ages 6-17. These programs allow campers to grow by challenging themselves, in an environment where they feel safe and accepted.

Residential Summer Camps

Six-Day Residential Programs for 8-14 Year-olds


Placed in coed activity groups according to age, campers participate in horseback riding, canoeing, archery, climbing, swimming, arts & crafts, cookouts, campfires, nature exploration, teambuilding, high ropes, and much more. Adventure programs offer older youth opportunities to gain compass, GPS and other outdoor living skills, plus participate in rock climbing, river canoeing and more.

 Environmental Day Camp

 Daily Onsite Sessions for 6-14 Year-olds


Day Camp is an option for local youth to experience the fun of camp activities Monday thru Friday, while spending each evening and weekend at home. Each two-week session has a theme, and includes activities such as swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, archery, arts & crafts, fishing, environmental studies, games and more.

 Leader In Training


 Designed for children who are interested in a summer camp experience, but who may not be served by traditional resident camp may choose our popular Leader-In-Training Program.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 06:03

Contact Us

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The full-time staff of Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact us at your convenience. The office is open from 8:30AM until 4:00PM, Monday thru Friday.

For questions about Weekend Retreats, please contact the Weekend Retreat Coordinator, Stacy Burns:
Phone: 336-349-9445
Email: stacy_burns@ncsu.edu

For questions pertaining to the Educational Field Trips and School Programs, please contact the Education Director, Kyle Shillinglaw:
Phone: 336-349-9445, ext 305
Email: kyle_shillinglaw@ncsu.edu

For questions about Summer Resident Camp, Day Camp or Specialty Camps, please contact the Summer Program Director, Caleb Cochran:
Phone: 336-349-9445 ext 306
Email: cjcochr2@ncsu.edu

For any site related issues, please contact our Facilities Maintenance Manager, Jeff Johnson:
Phone: 336-349-9445, ext. 308
Email: jeff_johnson@ncsu.edu 





Further information about the entire North Carolina 4-H Camping system, including all five 4H Camps & Centers in the state, is available at www.nc4h.org.

Since our North Carolina Nature Reserve is located on 220 pristine acres, we have outstanding field trip programs available for public, private, and charter schools in the Northern NC and Southern Va area. Team building, problem solving, communication, and focus are essential skills that are interwoven through each lesson.

Our Environmental Education Program consists of Outdoor Science, Cultural History & Environmental Studies for 2nd - 6th Grade Students. Each course lasts 90 minutes, and cover the following fields of study: Aquatic Ecology, Compass Reading, Measuring the Forest, Geology & Soils, Astronomy, Beaver Pond Exploration, Pioneer Living History, Dichotomous Keys, Predator & Prey Relationships, Birds & Flight...and many more! These courses offer a great supplement to the curriculum that the students are already studying.

The Soaring Thru Spaces Program focuses on Outdoor Science, Cultural History & Environmental Studies for 2nd - 6th Grade Students. By using our low ropes course, high ropes course, and climbing wall, we are able to instill leadership, empathy, communication and teamwork. All of these skills are necessary to become independent, well-functioning members of society. Students are challenged to go “outside their comfort zone,” and work together as a team.

Project O.R.I.E.N.T. is a GPS based Outdoor Research In Environmental Sciences, Navigation & Technology for 6th -8th Grade Students. This program engages middle school students in environmental science, technology, geography and math lessons, at a level appropriate to their age, interests and maturity. The program utilizes GPS (Global Positioning System) units and the growing interest in “geocaching” to explore BJ Penn's natural surroundings.

For more information about availability or for pricing details, please contact the Education Center Director:

Kyle Shillinglaw
336-349-9445 ext. 305
or by email at kyle_shillinglaw@ncsu.edu

Instead of driving to and from the pool, sports fields, and play dates this summer, feel free to sit back and relax, and let us take care of it for your child. BJ Penn 4-H brings the experiences of many summer activities to one location, the great outdoors! As a parent, what better way to get your child to try something new than to send them to retreat in an environment where they feel safe and accepted?

We combine many different programs here at BJ Penn 4-H into one amazing summer! We offer Six-Day Residential Programs for 8-14 Year-olds, Daily Onsite Sessions for 6-14 Year-olds, and specialty camps. The variety of activities at our North Carolina Summer Camp are fun and unique, and all tie back to a connection with nature and our planet. We offer children the chance to retreat from the chaos of home to a natural and educational experience that will build character and life experience.

Our programs also help children to thrive as individuals while creating memories with friends. The picture perfect landscape is the best place for your child this summer!

For more information or for pricing details, please contact the Summer Camp Director:

Stacy Burns
336-349-9445 ext. 306
or by email at stacy_burns@ncsu.edu

Friends and Families of BJP please help us to fulfill our $15,000 endowment fund! We are only $1,500 away from completion and would love to mark the 50th year of BJP with an full endowment to share with the next generation of BJP supporters!!! 

Please use this link to ensure a safe and accurate donation!

Thank you so much for the support and for a wonderful year!

Parents of children with attention deficit problems are always looking for new strategies to help their children cope. An interesting new study suggests that spending time in nature may help.

A small study conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looked at how the environment influenced a child’s concentration skills. The researchers evaluated 17 children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, who all took part in three 20-minute walks in a park, a residential neighborhood and a downtown area.

After each walk, the children were given a standard test called Digit Span Backwards, in which a series of numbers are said aloud and the child recites them backwards. The test is a useful measure of attention and concentration because practice doesn’t improve the score. The order of the walks varied for all the children, and the tester wasn’t aware of which walk the child had just taken.

The study found that children were able to focus better after the “green” walks compared to walks in other settings. The researchers found that a “dose of nature” worked as well or better than a dose of medication on the child’s ability to concentrate.

Of course, this small study does not prove that nature is the remedy for all ADD problems. However, nature has been long known to be the best and most effective unlimited resource available. This study proves the already sneaking suspicion that nature is a remedy, though for no definite time frame.

We at Betsy Jeff Penn 4H strongly encourage these nature walks and experiences for all children, especially those diagnosed with attention deficit disorders. It’s worth a shot, after all a walk in the park never hurt anybody.

Allowing campers to challenge themselves in a safe environment, Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center provides a variety of programs for North Carolina youth, ages 6-17.  The Resident Camp, with coed groups, offers campers enjoyable daily activities such as swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, and many other fun-filled activities! Through these activities, campers will grow and learn life skills while enjoying the friendships they make with other campers. Our Environmental Day Camp offers the same activities as our Resident Camp. Rotating from activity to activity, campers will enjoy them with our residential campers. Participating in team challenges, they will learn the importance of team work while creating strong friendships. They will also enjoy programs designed for day camp, such as creating an entrepreneurial community. Campers will have the opportunity to learn skills such as leadership and team-building that they will use for the rest of their lives. For our older campers, we have Specialty Camps. Here our Leaders-In-Training participate in leadership opportunities and spend time on the "behind-the-scenes" details. Along with leadership skills, campers will learn the value of responsibility. There are opportunities for campers of all ages to have fun and make the most out of summer!

The Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center provides an ideal nature retreat center in North Carolina for those who are seeking a natural respite from the world. Retreats are centered around religious, familial, corporate or professional gatherings throughout the year, and are the perfect way to spend time together in a relaxed and natural environment! Participants enjoy the use of our Low Ropes Course, High Ropes Course, and Climbing Wall for their character and team building activities.

Organizers find that our location is conveniently located about 1/2 hour from Greensboro NC, yet remote enough to really get away from the hustle and bustle. By removing the distractions of daily life, retreats and conferences at our Reidsville, NC location are sure to be a success!

For more information about pricing and space availability, please contact the Center Director:

Keith Russell
336-349-9445 ext. 303
or by email at keith_russell@ncsu.edu

Snow days can be fun at first and spring showers can be a nice change of pace from all the snow. We all know that eventually it all gets old and you just want summer and the more you find yourself wishing you were somewhere else, maybe even back at BJ Penn 4-H Camp of Reidsville NC! With May just days away, we know you are already marking each day on your calendar! That first day of camp is right around the corner and so is summer. We couldn’t be more excited for yet another summer filled with endless excitement, countless memories and fun at camp! 

We encourage you to keep a scrapbook filled with memories, that way you never lose track! Campers who do are looking back right about now to the memories they made last year and are planning out camp! They are making sure they do everything they didn't do last summer and more! No scrapbook is complete without a theme, so why not make one of last summer’s highlights and then you’ll be a pro after this upcoming summer! Print pictures of your camp friends from over the summer, gather your arts and crafts projects, and select letters you received this summer and make a book! Then get your glue sticks, stickers, and creativity ready to make a beautiful camp scrapbook. What better way to spend a long winter day?

Memories do last a lifetime, but sometimes we can forget even the most memorable ones. Regardless if they make a scrapbook or not, we are going to make sure your child enjoys every last second of camp! Call us and contact us for more information!

Unfortunately for many of today's youth, spending time outside and exploring nature has slowly been taken over by spending time playing video games and hanging out online. Attending a summer camp in North Carolina, like Camp Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H, is one of the many small joys of childhood that every child should get to experience at some point in their life. However, many children do not get the opportunity to experience these adventures because they live too far away from a nature center, or they do not have the financial means to pay for the summer camp fees. BJ Penn 4-H was established to help provide children around North Carolina with the skills and experiences that they would normally not have the opportunity to enjoy.

The value of the summer camp experience is not limited to a specific time in the past, nor is it exclusive to a limited age group. Summer Camp at BJ Penn 4-H leaves a lasting impression on each and every attendee, which can be carried into the future. Among many proven benefits of attending summer camp, the experience enhances relationship skills, employment skills, and social development. Over time, with the help of their new friends, our amazing staff, and unique experiences, they can discover who they are and mature into their development as a person.

If you're looking for the best summer camp in North Carolina for your son or daughter next summer, then send them to Camp Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H! Call us at (336)-349-9445 for more information or to schedule an upcoming tour today! 

(Originally posted on January 15, 2013. Updated on October 27, 2015.)

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